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Berlin Pride: More politics than partying

Patricia is standing with her husband at a traffic light in central Berlin. All of a sudden, a man next them says: “You should be shot — you shouldn’t be alive.” Patricia can’t believe her ears. She thinks she must have misheard, so she asks him to repeat himself. He does: “You should be shot.” Patricia […]

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Rap against racism: ‘I’m not a Nazi, but…’

Two men sit on either side of a table in an empty warehouse. One man is wearing a bomber jacket, his head is shaved on both sides. He is “biodeutsch” – “organic German” – and he’s proud of the fact that he votes AfD (the right-wing anti-immigrant party Alternativ für Deutschland). He leans forward and […]

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Lunar mystique: How the moon has inspired art and culture

On Friday night, sky gazers the world over will be looking out for a very special lunar eclipse, or ‘blood moon’ — the longest this century — as a glowing planet Mars simultaneously comes closest to the earth for 15 years. As the earth casts its shadow over the moon — and refracted sunlight passes through […]

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Of space and time: a new opera in Bayreuth

The tale can be read out loud in four minutes. In the version with music, choreography, video production and singing, it takes one hundred minutes. A flurry of gentle, rapid notes envelop listeners seated in an old movie theater as musicians perform to the audience’s left and right. A dancer shares the stage space with video projections that […]

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Aquatic imagery: The power of water in art throughout the ages

There’s no better place on sweltering summer days than to be by the water. As a relentless heatwave grips Europe, people are flocking to tranquil bays by the sea, clear freshwater lakes, burbling streams, or even public swimming pools. Read more: David Hockney’s swimming pools: a Brit’s artistic take on California Artists, too, have been inspired to depict refreshing water scenes over the […]

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Elvis Costello cancels tour after cancer surgery

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello said that he needs more time to recover after undergoing surgery on a cancerous tumor. The 63-year-old musician said in a statement on Friday that he had initially thought “normal service had been resumed,” but now realized he needed more rest. “Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour,” […]

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First Afro-German detective on Germany’s oldest TV crime show

“Being here now is a dream come true,” said Florence Kasumba, referring to the filming which has just ended for the new Tatort show, in which she is the first black lead detective to appear. She stars alongside Maria Furtwängler, another famous German actress, with the two of them tracking down criminals in the German city […]

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‘Solidarity Hoodie’: Kippa-capped hoody challenges anti-Semitism

The hoody: It is relaxed and sporty, not particularly eye-catching. But the artists behind a new special hooded sweatshirt are putting the comfortable clothing item in a different light. Whether yellow, green, black gray or blue, all their sweatshirts have one thing in common: They all have a kippa on the hood. The so-called “Solidarity Hoodie” […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen teases a new project on Trump

There’s a single tweet posted on the account of Sacha Baron Cohen, the provocative British comedian and producer famous for his Borat (top picture), Ali G and Brüno characters.  “A message from your President @realDonaldTrump on Independence Day,” his post from Wednesday reads.  The message comes in the form of a short video showing Donald Trump declaring, “This […]

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Claude Lanzmann, director of Holocaust film ‘Shoah,’ dies at 92

French filmmaker and journalist Claude Lanzmann died on Thursday in Paris at the age of 92. He had been weak for several days, his publisher Gallimard told press agency AFP. Joined French Resistance as a teen  Born to Jewish parents in Paris in 1925, Claude Lanzmann was a fighter from the start. He experienced pre-war anti-Semitism […]